Chiefs draft safety in Kiper’s mock


In his latest mock draft, Mel Kiper sees the Kansas City Chiefs taking a safety.

Mel Kiper is the Godfather of NFL Draft analysis. Sure, some like to make fun of him for a variety of reasons, but Kiper typically knows what he is talking about in terms of prospects and who brings what to the proverbial table. In his latest mock on ESPN, Kiper has the Chiefs taking Vonn Bell of the Ohio State Buckeyes at the No. 28 spot.

While I have deep respect for Kiper, I would need a week to recover if the Chiefs did this. First off, Bell is seen by many to be a second-round talent. He also is playing in a great secondary at Ohio State with Eli Apple and Tyvis Powell alongside him. In addition, and most importantly, the Chiefs don’t need another safety.

So many are making this out to be a huge need when it is not. Ron Parker and Eric Berry are one of the best safety duos in the league, as evidenced by Parker’s steady play and Berry being named a First-Team All-Pro. Behind them is Daniel Sorensen, Stevie Brown and Jimmy Wilson. Sorensen looked good last year and the other two will compete for the fourth spot.

There is no reason to draft Bell in the first when the best-case scenario is he plays the Husain Abdullah role. Bell is not going to start now or any time in the near future. This pick has to be someone who either fills an immediate need or a potential need in 2017, such as cornerback, guard, nose tackle or wide receiver.